I know, I know… I write too much about the show “Best Bars in America” on the Esquire Network.
I said it last time though and once again this week, the show’s cocktails overlapped with what I’m mixing up in my personal life.
Case-in-point: The Whiskey Smash.
I just posted the other day about a smash I’d been making. And last night one of the guys got served a smash at a hotel bar.
Here’s the cocktail as it was served last night at Bemelmans Bar:
•Fresh Lime Juice
•Dash of Bitters
•Garnish with Mint
Last night’s episode was focused on hotel bars. The theme of next week’s episode will bedive bars.
Pictured below is a Black Raspberry Bourbon Smash I made the other night with black raspberries I bought at the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market:
About This Cocktail
This “Black Raspberry Bourbon Smash” is a variation on the basic whiskey smash. Want to know more? Read this piece about the history of the Smash which Imbibe Magazine published last year.
•2 oz Knob Creek
•1/2 oz lemon juice
•1/2 oz simple syrup
•6 black raspberries
•6 mint leaves
Place mint leaves and black raspberries in a pint glass with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Muddle. Add ice and bourbon then shake and double strain into a chilled martini glass.
This Thursday will be a big day for the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market.
The Farmers Market has been held each Thursday this summer on Cherry Street between West 2nd & West 3rd streets. This Thursday, though, will be something special, as this week is the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. If I have time to maneuver through the masses, I’ll swing by for some more fruit for cocktails.
Bored with whiskey and bourbon? Looking for something a little more “out there” to mix up? Well, click this link. The Cocktail
Virgin Slut has a recipe for a Cocoa Puff Smash with Green Chartreuse!
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was in Buffalo over the weekend. I’d hoped to make it to Vera Pizzeria for a cocktail, but Saturday evening revolved around swimming at The Millennium and dinner at The Melting Pot.
Still, I did have a delicious Whiskey Smash at Bar Louie.
I’d been looking forward to trying Vera’s “Solitary Man,” but since Bar Louie was right across from where my wife and I were having dinner… It sufficed in Vera’s place.
Templeton Rye, pure cane syrup, mint leaves, fresh lemon
Earlier in the day, after we realized that Vera didn’t open until 5 o’clock, we hoofed it on over to Thirsty Buffalo for a beer and pretzels. I had a Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale, which was so, so good. It’s become my new favorite.